I am moving in with my partner. What will happen to the equity in our home?

In an earlier blog post I described the Family Property Act and the effects it will have on unmarried people that live together. The law in this area is uncertain and my conclusion was to strongly recommend cohabitation agreements in these situations. For most people considering a cohabitation agreement, the first question is what will happen to the equity in …

Hospital Staff Reading Enduring Powers of Attorney

Regular v. Enduring Powers of Attorney

In both regular powers of attorney and enduring powers of attorney (“EPA”) the maker (called a “donor”) appoints someone to make financial decisions on his or her behalf. The person appointed to make those decisions is called the “attorney”. There are a number of differences between a regular power of attorney and an EPA. The most significant differences are: A …

Noisy, Obnoxious, and Bad Neighbours. What Can I Do ?

We have all heard about it, experienced it, or watched a movie about bad neighbours. While it may be funny to watch, in reality, a bad neighbour can be extremely stressful and can significantly impede someone’s right to quiet and peaceful enjoyment of their land. In many cases there are city bylaws, condominium corporation bylaws, and restrictive covenants that govern …

Do I Need a Cohabitation Agreement?

On January 1, 2020, the Family Property Act replaced the Matrimonial Property Act. The biggest changes relate to property rights for “common law couples”. Unlike the Matrimonial Property Act it applies to “common law” couples and gives them the exact same property rights as the Matrimonial Property Act gave to married couples. I use quotes because the meaning of “common …

FORCE MAJURE article

COVID-19: Landlords and Tenants – Force Majeure and the Commercial Lease One concept that is becoming familiar to Landlords and Tenants as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic is force majeure. Force majeure is latin for “superior force”. It is related to the concept of an act of God, an unanticipated event for which no party can be held accountable. …

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